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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:25:43 PM »
With no Beta that I am aware of, I wonder if they plan to launch it to CC before they offer the stand alone?  It might be a lot easier to roll out fixes that way, but it would also be another perk to the CC model.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:30:53 PM »
I shoot a D800 and was very skeptical about "needing" 36mp at first, but I think it's a lot like cars - if you drive a Civic you probably can't, or don't want to, imagine needing 400hp, but after you drive a faster car for a few years, you find it hard to imagine getting around without that extra "emergency" horsepower.  Likewise, those 36mp that seemed excessive to me at first, have saved more than a few shots for me with the ability to crop heavily yet retain a printable image.  That and the detail in landscapes I've printed as large 30" x 40" is absolutely amazing.  I would never go back to a lower mp primary camera.

I will say that file size is an issue even at 36mp, even with lossless compressed.  Hard drives may be cheap, but if you're shooting at these mp, plan on buying a few of them.  And multi-image Photoshop composites?  Get used to .PSB files. 

I think 36mp is enough, but would not turn down 50mp, and I'm sure it's coming to Nikon as well as to Canon, but I'm not sure I would see much improvement at my largest print size, or crop requirements.  It would have to come with other performance improvements, notably FPS, DR and high ISO IQ before I would upgrade.




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Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:09:44 PM »
I buy most of my gear used through eBay.   In over 200 ebay transactions as a buyer, not all camera gear, I've had only 1 case where the item, a lens, was defective but the buyer took it back with no problem.  I did also buy a softbox grid from China that was about 2" short in every dimension, but it only cost $12 and the seller refunded $4.  I've bought around 15 lenses, 4 cameras, 3 flashes, lighting and backdrop equipment,  through ebay.  I've also turned around and re-sold many of those items for the about the same price I paid for them.  I've saved thousands, even made money on some items.  If I lost money on a disputed transaction, I would still be very far ahead in the game.   


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:03:53 PM »
I've been using their flashes (I currently have 3) for several years and their wireless triggers and Yn-622 transceiver for the last year or more.  Everything works very well and seems to be built very well.  What's not to like?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: January 08, 2015, 07:39:00 PM »
At home, I use 2 NEC 24" IPS monitors for PP. At work I have had three monitors on my desk for years and added a 47" monitor on the wall for web interviews, meetings, etc.  I could live without the wall beast, but I can't imagine anything less than three monitors on my desk.  It may be data overload, but that's how I work.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 08, 2015, 07:29:14 PM »
My tripods are always in a bag when in my gear closet or my car, or when I fly, but I always leave the bags behind when I leave the car.

Another +1 for the VidPro bags, though mine came from Amazon for $11.20 for my Gitzo Traveler.  A pretty nice bag, especially for the price.

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What exactly is a 25 year warranty worth from a company that doesn't really exist and depends on donations to hope to be able to sell a product?

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I shoot a D800 and my conclusion on this issue is that the notion that you have to buy new lenses is nonsense.  You may choose to if you plan to crop heavily and want to maintain sharpness at the maximum achievable with the sensor, but in no way does image IQ suffer with existing lenses at even moderate crops as compared to the IQ of images from current lower MP sensors - there is no "loss" of IQ. I've printed ~2'x4' landscape panos shot with the 16-35 f/4, a nice but not awesome lens, with the most amazing details.  I do typically shot landscapes on  a tripod, but I did before I got the D800.  Same for 13x19 portraits and other works. 

High MP may not be for everyone, and the files are large and a tad slower to work with than images half the size, and you will want a fast computer and some ram, but I think when Canon comes out with their offering that you will find it will produce amazing images, cropped or not, with your current L lenses, regardless of whether Canon tries to convince you otherwise.

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The photographer and videographer for my stepdaughter's wedding two years ago cost ~$6K.  She picked the photographer after interviewing 6 photography studios.  She was shown a number of very impressive wedding sets by the photographer she ultimately went with.  The resulting end product, however, was mediocre, at best - and I'm being polite.  It turns out the photographer she interviewed was a junior photographer from the studio and what she was shown at the interview was photographs taken by the principle at the studio - NOT the photographer that was interviewed and showed up on the wedding day!   

I would make certain that the photographer you get is the photographer you interviewed and that the work you're shown is actually the work of the photographer who will do the job.



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My first sale, as I can remember,  was in 1987 or 88.  It was a head shot of a model from a modeling school I walked into looking for anything to make a few dollars while a graduate student in Albany.  I think I charged her $40 for the session and gave her 4 or 5 shots.  I spent probably 10 hours in the darkroom trying to get that first job right.  The model and the school loved the shots and sent several dozen girls my way over the next couple of years.  It paid my rent. 

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:39:31 PM »
One limit is the resolution of our eyes. If you look at a 42'' Screen from 4 meter, between 720p and 1080p there is no visible difference.


42" for 4 meter is not right distance.  I believe 55"+ is suggested for 4 meter distance.  For me I can clearly tell the different between 720p and 1080p from my 58" TV from about 6 meter in my living room.  I really need a 65" to 70" 4K or 8K TV for my living room.  The only problem is the input source is not ready yet.

I agree.  I can readily tell the difference between 1080p and 720p on our 65", and could also on our previous 55".  I can also see the improvement at 4K at BB, though with their made-for-4K sample content.   The thing is, my wife and daughter don't care at all about resolution and are perfectly happy watching SD versions of TV broadcasts, and usually won't bother to switch to the HD versions of the same broadcasts. When I switch for them and extoll the amazing increase in detail, they just stare at me like I'm describing an invisible 6' pink rabbit.  I think they are in the majority. 

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I only moved up in cameras because I lost shots, or just couldn't capture what I wanted to, due to poor AF, low ISO, slow lenses, and low resolution.  In fact, I have plans to return to several vacation places in part so I can re-shoot some of my favorite  images with better gear. 

That said,  I am very happy I started with lower level gear because it made me appreciate and understand the limitations of AF, ISO, DR, etc.  And most importantly it made me convince myself I was sufficiently committed to photography before moving up to the more expensive gear over several years.

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It makes little sense for Canon, Nikon and Sony to develop their own increasingly complex sensors for what is a diminishing market.  If we want to see 100MP sensors with great DR and processors capable of handling the throughput or simply improved performance 22-36MP sensors and processors, it makes more economic sense for the technology to be developed collectively.  Let sensor companies, like Aptina and Sony, compete for customers and let Nikon and Canon tailor those sensors and compete on the overall camera product, as Nikon does now.  It's no different than every computer manufacturer using either Intel or AMD chips while still being able to distinguish their products.  Remember when Apple went to Intel for processors?  They still seem to be able to distinguish themselves with their computer while not even designing the single item that defines a computer!  Few even care anymore where Apple gets their chips.  Nikon figured out the economics a while ago and made the right decision, for them at the time.  It is inevitable that Canon will sooner or later realize it makes more sense to outsource sensors to the sensor companies and focus on what they do well; lenses and overall camera design.

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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:49:31 PM »
how to resolve the controversy
Only two possibilities:
1. Canon designs or buys a sensor equal or better than exmor.
2. Canon to file for bankruptcy and will stop designing sensors and selling cameras.

I vote for "1." ;)

PS.: And even if "1." would happen soon, the sensor wouldn't be good enough to them... I suppose.

+1.  It's interested that everything that Nikon beats Canon at is unimportant to good photography but everything that Canon beats Nikon at is critical.  It's assured that as soon as Canon surpasses Nikon/Sony in DR, MP DXOmark scores and resolution (any they will at some point) those will become important features.  Unless you shoot Nikon, at which point Nikon shooters will argue that 36MP is more than enough and existing DR is plenty, and DXOmark favor Canon. 

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